47 ABC - As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals.
A recent report card is now available grading the safety of several Maryland and Delaware hospitals
All the hospitals on Maryland's Eastern Shore received "C's", including Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, PRMC in Salisbury, and the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center.
In Delaware, Nanticoke and Bay Health Kent General also received C's, while Beebe Health Care received a B.
The Leapfrog Group is in charge of the report cards.
They are an independent nonprofit creating an assessment of how they are protecting patients from accidents and errors.
Leapfrog tells us this can be a great way to see which hospital is right for you.
"If there is an opportunity to consider which hospital, they might like for care for example someone is having a baby or procedure, it is a good idea to check the safety grades and if there is a hospital that has a higher grade that is available to to do that person, they would be wise to choosing that hospital instead," Leapfrog's director of communications, Erica Mobly, tells 47 ABC.
In order to get these grades, Leapfrog looks at 27 different measures of patient safety in 2 main areas.
Policies and the errors that have occurred in the hospital. With those factors combined, it is translated into a letter grade.
Most of the data is collected over the years and they update the grades every six months.
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